Biker Cafés in the South East
There are some great venues where bikers gather regularly in the South East of England. Take a bike, ride out, grab a sandwich and a coffee and stay a while before continuing on your journey.
Loomies Moto Café – Alton Rd, West Meon, Hampshire
(GU32 1JX / 51.030248, -1.075832)
Located on the A32 at the junction with the A272 at West Meon in Hampshire. Loomies is open all day, 7 days a week with late night on Wednesday. As of 2015 it is also under new ownership and management, and whilst the tradition of welcoming motorcyclists and assorted petrolheads hasn’t changed, the new team have been busy in Spring 2015 doing up the place and planning events for the motorcycling summer. The kitchen is busy and the place has a good vibe. Keep an eye on the website and social media for further details. Petrol station just around the corner.
Wessons Café – High St, Horam, East Sussex
(TN21 0ER / 50.935390, 0.244417)
Wessons Cafe is a friendly, old school, biker hangout situated, unusually, in the middle of a village. Pull off the picturesque A267, down the hill into Horam, and at the bottom of the village, tucked between the cottages is Wessons. With ample parking for bikes in front of the covered verandah and along the side of the café, proprietor Steve Wesson and his team host and warmly welcome hundreds of riders. Wessons celebrates 15 years since opening in 2000 and its homely interior bears witness to this history – crammed full of motorcycling pictures and memorabilia. The busy kitchen serves home cooked food and a fantastic selection of cakes and pastry. If you are thinking about a ride out towards Kent or a pit stop en route to the Channel crossing, we recommend you drop in. Check their website and social media for forthcoming events.
Whiteways Café – Houghton, Arundel, West Sussex
(BN18 9FD /50.888413, -0.577308)
A popular pit stop for bikers from all around the South East, Whiteways is on the A29 just off the Bury Hill roundabout, outside Arundel in West Sussex. Open all day, every day, plus Summer evenings on Thursday-Saturday, with seating and benches set in parkland, the building itself comprises the café/shop with a serving window, the kitchen and the WCs . Under new management who are eager to bring out the best in the place, Whiteways is a great place to meet fellow motorcyclists and to stroll around eyeballing a lot of great machinery on a sunny day.
Rykas Café – Box Hill, Dorking, Surrey
(RH5 6BY / 51.255868, -0.322668)
Located below Box Hill on the A24 at Mickelham in Surrey. Rykas began life as a café in the late 1950s. Named by the founder after his dog, Rykas soon became popular with motorcyclists and has been a biking haunt ever since. Rykas is perhaps the busiest of all the biker cafés in the south east and regularly attracts a large crowd of motorcyclists. The Café has recently changed ownership, for only the second time in its long history, and Mike & Jill, the new owners have great plans or the place. Rykas is open all day, every day, and Wednesday night is the newly planned Bike Night. Well worth dropping in to check out the machinery – perhaps when heading southward to the coast to and to other cafés in Hampshire and Sussex. Seating is both indoors and outdoors on the tree-lined lawn. Check Rykas website for details: www.rykas.co.uk.
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